The Pearson BuzzThe Pearson Buzz
          A Forum for Passionate Student Writers

What's New?

Raising the Driving AgeRaising the Driving Age
by Makassia; February 1, 2009
 Makassia presents a strong argument for raising the legal driving age.  Read the story

No Man's LandA Film with Impact: No Man's Land
by Phoebe; January 12, 2009
 Phoebe gives an account of the connection between the film and her real-life experience in Eastern Europe.  Read the story


The Impending Danger that Awaits UsThe Impending Danger that Awaits Us
by Genel; December 16, 2008
 Genel's essay was chosen because it is persuasive and has lots of scientific details and evidence that are supportive and provable.  Read the story


Modern Women's Unhealthy BeautyModern Women's Unhealthy Beauty
by Andrea; December 7, 2008
 Andrea's essay takes a new look at women’s beauty issues. The essay is well-organized, clear in language, and full of scientific and supportive evidence.  Read the story


PALC—My English CradlePALC—My English Cradle
by Ruth; September 23, 2008
 Ruth's essay demonstrates how the PALC has nurtured her as she has learned English.  Read the story

You Reap What You SowYou Reap What You Sow
by Natalia; August 10, 2008
 Natalia gives us a thoughtful advice on disciplining children.  Read the story

Always WaitingAlways Waiting
by Renee; July 19, 2008
 Renee's complaint is a familiar one: waiting at the doctor's office.  Read the story

A Big Thorn in the ButtA Big Thorn in the Butt
by Lola; July 14, 2008
 Lola uses a witty, conversational tone to show us the big frustrations faced by a new language learner.  Read the story


Lack of Respect for CashiersLack of Respect for Cashiers
by Aileen; July 7, 2008
 Aileen's rant asks why some customers mistreat cashiers.  Read the story

A Night of Hunting EelsA Night Hunting Eels
by Masaru; July 1, 2008
 Masaru tells of the special night where he learned of the talents of a ten year old school friend. Read the story

Maintain Speed or Brake?Maintain Speed or Brake?
by Mavis; July 1, 2008
Mavis finds it difficult to adjust to driving in Canada.  Read the story

Ancient BeautyAncient Beauty
by Ruth; June 22, 2008
 Ruth tells the story of her grandmother's bound feet, an ancient Chinese tradition no longer practiced. Read the story


Writing 12All You Wanted to Know About Writing 12
by Masaru; June 9, 2008
 Masaru's question and answer approach answers many common questions. Read the story

Breath of Fresh AirA Breath of Fresh Air
by Josephine; June 9, 2008
Josephine's writing comments on the effects smokers have had on her life.  Read the story

Biology 12Biology 12: Learning about the Human Body
by Ruth; June 9, 2008
 Ruth recommends this knowledge-filled and useful course. Read the story



TrudiA Charismatic Teacher: Trudi
by Natalia; June 2, 2008
 Natalia provides a charming portrait of a favourite teacher. Read the story

Halloween Every Day!Halloween Every Day!
by Catalina; June 2, 2008
Catalina finds a new vision of fashion in Vancouver.  Read the story

Maybe He Was RightMaybe He Was Right
by Beatrice; June 2, 2008
 Beatrice reflects on the difference between arranged and love marriages. Read the story


Accounting 11Accounting 11: A Practical Choice
by Natalia; May 25, 2008
 Natalia gives a complete picture of this popular course. Read the story

Friendly CanadaFriendly Canada
by Victoria; May 25, 2008
Victoria finds Canadians more talkative and friendly than at home.  Read the story

Independent? Bravo!Independent? Bravo!
by Josephine; May 25, 2008
 Josephine writes about parents facing their children's departure from home. Read the story


Pyramid of Society
by Andrew; May 3, 2008
 Andrew's article, introduced by Suzanne, rejects the superior attitudes of those at the top of the social pyramid.  Read the story

Civics Studies 11The Beneficial Course: Civics Studies 11
by Suzanne; May 3, 2008
 Suzanne gives a complete picture of an interesting and useful course. Read the story

My Teacher LouiseMy Teacher Louise
by Hongxin; May 3, 2008
 Hongxin gives us a personal account of a favourite teacher. Read the story

How I Robbed My LandlordsHow I Robbed My Landlords
by Natalia; April 28, 2008
 Natalia admits to a minor crime. Read the story


A Young Teacher: RenukaA Young Teacher: Renuka
by Ruth; April 21, 2008
 Ruth writes about her experiences with a helpful teacher, Renuka. Read the story

DFT 12: Every Hour a Happy HourDFT 12: Every Hour a Happy Hour
by Hongxin; April 21, 2008
 Hongxin writes about a course where studying is a joy every day. Read the story



A Patient, Diligent Teacher: LA Diligent, Patient Teacher: L
by Suzanne; April 7, 2008
 Suzanne writes about one of her favourite teachers at the PALC. Read the story

A Free-Spirited Teacher: BradA Free-Spirited Teacher: Brad
by Masaru, April 7, 2008
Masaru documents the life journey that brought Brad to the PALC. Read the story



An Upside Down WorldAn Upside Down World
by Masaru; March 30, 2008
 Masaru's experience learning the opposite culture of Canada. Read the story

St. Barnabas ChurchSt Barnabas Anglican Church
by Natalia, March 30, 2008
Natalia gives an inspiring account of her neighbourhood church. Read the story

How I Saved My PartyHow I Saved My Party
by Ben; March 23, 2008
Ben's Lunar New Year celebration is saved by some good advance preparation. Read the story


A Peking ChildhoodA Peking Childhood
by Hongxin; March 9, 2008
Hongxin's richly detailed story of his childhood in Peking. Read the story

Focussing on StatusFocussing on Status
by Suzanne; March 9, 2008
Suzanne explains some key differences between east and west. Read the story

What is that Teacher's Name?
by Ruth; March 9, 2008
The story of Ruth's confusing first day in English class. Read the story



Beauty Goes ShoppingBeauty Goes Shopping
by Kamila; March 3, 2008
Kamila contrasts Polish and Canadian attitudes towards beauty. Read the story

The City of DollsThe City of Dolls
by Masaru; March 3, 2008
The story of Masaru's home town, Fukuoka City. First in a series.  Read the story




The Neptune FestivalThe Neptune Festival (December 16, 2007)
by Victoria

“The Neptune Festival ” concerns a teen’s discovery of a ritual in her grandmother’s village. Find out how the villagers prepare everything in secret overnight.  Read the story


The Mushroom NecklacesThe Mushroom Necklaces (November 25, 2007)
by Margaret

An early morning, a long bus ride, making mushroom necklaces—Margaret's story of a late summer ritual may make you want to join in.  Read the story


Cleaning the WellCleaning the Well (November 10, 2007)
by Valentina

Well-described and edited story about the simple but hard work of cleaning a well.
Reading this, you will enjoy a festive ritual as if you were there.  Read the story


Black Towers Over There? (June 10, 2007)
This is the truth: a highrise is ugly. It’s like a cardboard box stuck in the ground. Read more . . .

Simple Salsa and Guacamole (June 10, 2007)
My family and friends are addicted to this appetizer. “Fresh and healthy!” they say.  Read more . . .

The Warmhearted Science Teacher: Tazim (June 10, 2007)
She always starts her classes the same way: “Now students . . .” As a student, especially a newcomer, her careful enunciation was a blessing. Read more . . .


Yuan Tong: A Chinese Taoist Monk (June 3, 2007)
When speaking, his voice is crystal-like clear and wind-like subtle; this voice penetrates into your heart and heals your inner world. Read more . . .

A Noble Doctor? (June 3, 2007)
I don’t like seeing my dentist, but now I had to. The appointment is a big problem—he’s never been on time—and today was worse. Read more . . .

Green Onion and Seafood Pancakes (June 3, 2007)
Looking for a recipe for a rainy day? Look no further! Read more . . .

Is a Flood Coming? (June 3, 2007)
Some people think so. See a picture taken at New Westminster Quay on May 31 for proof! Read more . . .


An Active Canadian Teacher: Helen (May 27, 2007)
Active at the ALC and in Brazil, Helen also loves to play tennis! Read more . . .

Letter to a Young Man Who Went the Distance (May 27, 2007)
It was a rainy Saturday afternoon two years ago. Metrotown was crowded as usual, and the Real Canadian Superstore was even more horrific . . . Read more . . .

Learning from Mice: Giving Myself Confidence (May 27, 2007)
Mice often scare me. I usually run away screaming when I see a mouse. Read more . . .

A Philosophy of Romance (May 27, 2007)
Romance is often a mystery, but in its pursuit you can find joy and make great memories. Read more . . .



Parenting After a Separation (May 20, 2007)
Separated, now what? Read more . . .

From Forbidden Paradise to Public Resort (May 20, 2007)
I realized that powerful prosperity only exists for a short period. Here's why. Read more . . .

Summer Outdoor Musical Festivals in Vancouver (May 20, 2007)
Summer is nearly at the door. As the sun appears more often, even the most dedicated music lovers find it difficult to attend concert halls. Read more . . .

Eternal Romantic Movements by Schumann (May 20, 2007)
A symphony under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  Read more . . .

On Editing (May 19, 2007)
Ready to get to work on your portfolio? Here's my editing advice. Read more . . .

My Son Jerry (May 13, 2007)
I had never thought I would have a hamster as a pet until one day my daughter, Cecilia, brought Jerry home.  Read more . . .

We'll Go to Hell Together (May 13, 2007)
Does religion have a place in a staff lunchroom?. Read more . . .

Dina: An All-Round Teacher (May 13, 2007)
Trouble in Math? Then ask Dina at the lab for a solution! Read more . . .

The Road to the Passport Office (May 13, 2007)
The passport office has been busy, I'd heard. Today I tried it myself. This is how it went on Friday May 4th, 2007. Read more . . .



The Backyard of China (May 7, 2007)
Smooth like silk, soft like spring water, slow like clouds in the mountain, Kunming has no other seasons, only spring.  Read more . . .


To Enjoy a Party (May 6, 2007)
Indecision can lead to misunderstandings. Here are some valuable tips for enjoying any party.  Read more . . .

Hungarian Letcho (May 6, 2007)
Spicy or mild, this sausage or chicken recipe will have the whole family clamoring for supper.  Read more . . .

What For "Monster" Mom? (May 5, 2007)
Can mom become a monster even with good intention sometimes? Read more . . .

Russian Submarines: In Vancouver? (May 5, 2007)
Yes, built right behind Burnaby Mountain! Read more . . .

Do as the Romans Do (May 5, 2007)
Should you call your teacher, "teacher"? Read more . . .

What are They? (May 5, 2007)
I never dreamed that green bean cakes could be mistaken for soap. Read more . . .


Older Articles:

Staying on the Road (April 29, 2007)
It can cost over $120.00 to fill an SUV. What to do? Read more . . .

Cheesecake: A Sweety for Your Sweetheart (April 28, 2007)
Wanna give your sweetheart a big surprise? Then make a lovely cheese cake! Read more . . .

Tuning the Soul (April 28, 2007)
The man behind the stage curtain.  Read more . . .

Yoga Saved My Life (April 28, 2007)
Yoga saved my life and it has since become my career. It has given me good health, confidence in life and energy.   Read more . . .


The Elements of Style (April 23, 2007)
This little book is my bible. It taught me how to write in English.  Read more . . .

A Rant about Showing Off (April 23, 2007)
At my alumni reunion a lady who sat across from me got on my nerves.  Read more . . .

A Word about Virginia Tech (April 23, 2007)
I’m disgusted, disheartened, disillusioned and dumbfounded. Read more . . .

Parmesan Crusted Veggies (April 22, 2007)
A nutritious and tasty alternative to French fries. Enjoy the same crispy, crunchy texture of fries with these delicious vegetables. Read more . . .


The Wall (April 14, 2007)
I hardly ever saw a wall in Vancouver on my first day in Canada. It really surprised me!  Read more . . .

Learning from Cats: Part 2 (April 14, 2007)
 Are cats the smartest creatures?  Read more . . .

The Day You Cannot Win (April 14, 2007)
 One out of two bank machines was out of order. Sound familiar? Read more . . .

The Mystical Gemstone—Turquoise (April 14, 2007)
 What do you associate with the name turquoise? Read more . . ..

Rick: Surprising Family Man (April 14, 2007)
 The first in a series of teacher profiles. Read more . . .

For Body and Soul (April 14, 2007)
If you need to feed both body and soul, go to Java Jazz Café in New Westminster and you will be nourished. Read more . . .

Bulgogi: Marinated Korean Beef (April 14, 2007)
If you are a meat lover and also concerned about your health, here is the perfect dish for you. Enjoy Bulgogi, marinated beef with diverse vegetables. Read more . . .


Writing is Hard (April 9, 2007)
As hard as anything students have ever done before. Read more . . .

A Favourite Pastime for Tokyoites: Healing at Hot Springs (April 6, 2007)
Relaxation at a hot springs delights the Japanese people—It gives them some peaceful moments and encourages their healthy life. Read more . . .

The Canucks at Home (April 6, 2007)
The Canucks are much more than a hockey team. Read more . . .

See our features page for a full list of articles in our first edition, published April 2, 2007